Defects discovered in the Bard® CK Parastomal Hernia Patch can cause serious and potentially life-threatening adverse side effects including bowel obstruction, perforation, & intestinal fistulae
Kugel Mesh Patch & Bowel Obstructions / Perforations
An especially dangerous side effect of the Bard CK Parastomal Hernia Patch is bowel obstruction. A bowel obstruction is a partial or complete blockage in the intestines. This does not allow the intestinal contents to pass through normally. Blockages of this kind can be caused by several conditions including hernias, medication, scar tissue, tumors, twisted intestines, gallstones or foreign objects such as the Kugel mesh hernia patch. Patients suffering bowel obstruction may have:
- abdominal pain
If it is not treated, a bowel obstruction can lead to infection, gangrene, or bowel perforation.
Bowel perforation is an opening in the intestinal wall which can allow the intestine’s contents to spill into the abdominal cavity. Some early symptoms of bowel perforation include high fever, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. If left untreated, a bowel perforation can lead to sepsis, a potentially fatal blood infection.
Bard Hernia Patch & Intestinal Fistula
In addition to bowel obstruction and bowel perforation, the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch may cause intestinal fistulae as a side effect. Intestinal fistulae are abnormal passageways or connections between the intestines and other organs. Intestinal fistulae can occur as the result of congenital defects, injuries, infection, radiation, or illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease. Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch patients who display symptoms of bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, or intestinal fistulae should seek medical treatment immediately.